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My Vermonts, Let Me Show You Them
February 22, 2010 12:29 PM   Subscribe

Let Me Show You Vermont. Sketches and other imagery of small-town Vermont from Susan Abbott.
posted by Nothing... and like it (23 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
Love this one.
posted by Nothing... and like it at 12:30 PM on February 22, 2010


Oh man this is beautiful and yet so sad. There was a website called "Let Me Show You Vermont" that was incredible in its depth and breadth that has been offline since... the end of 2004. Awwww. Nice blog post, thanks.
posted by jessamyn at 12:35 PM on February 22, 2010


Wow, these are great! My family is spread out all over VT, and I've been to most of the towns she features.

I'm particularly fond of this one, as Snap's in Bristol was named after my grandfather's best friend.
posted by brand-gnu at 12:36 PM on February 22, 2010


I live roughly a quarter mile from the first drawing in this post.
posted by jessamyn at 12:42 PM on February 22, 2010


I've been away for a few weeks and this really made me miss home. Alright, crying now.
posted by pintapicasso at 1:25 PM on February 22, 2010


Aw. This was home until I left for college.
posted by sarcasticah at 1:36 PM on February 22, 2010


What a great site. She writes as well she draws . . very.
posted by bearwife at 1:38 PM on February 22, 2010


*homesick*

Great find, thanks.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 2:03 PM on February 22, 2010


By coincidence, I'm right now planning a summer vacation to Vermont. I've never been there, but these images, and the writing, are giving me eager palpitations. I can't wait to get to Bennington...
posted by Faze at 2:04 PM on February 22, 2010


Yeah, makes me miss the place - moreso even than old photographs i have hanging around the house. I really like her style, but it certainly doesn't help in that regard. I look forward to seeing what she picks when she finally makes it to Northfield.
posted by absalom at 2:29 PM on February 22, 2010


I guess vermont is oversaturated.
posted by DarkForest at 2:29 PM on February 22, 2010


As always, I like the sketches a lot more than the "real paintings." It always makes me happiest when artists post their sketches like this!
posted by ErikaB at 2:45 PM on February 22, 2010


Oil paint on black and white photographs! Just beautiful. The artist's bold use of color is so affecting. And they are available for purchase? Hmmmm...
posted by longsleeves at 2:57 PM on February 22, 2010


Very pretty -- nice find...
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 4:47 PM on February 22, 2010


This just scratches the surface. I have always liked Bellows Falls.(Not in the link, Yet) It is joy to tour through the state.
posted by Jumpin Jack Flash at 4:49 PM on February 22, 2010


Crap. Now you'll all want to move here.
posted by paddbear at 4:58 PM on February 22, 2010


I just moved out of VT 18 months ago. This post makes me miss the beauty that is Vermont. Good thing I get to go back every few weeks for work.... For those of you up for a challenge you can always do this, it's a great way to see the state.
posted by alfanut at 6:15 PM on February 22, 2010


I'm about 6 miles from Dudley's.
This is nice color!
posted by MtDewd at 6:16 PM on February 22, 2010


For those of you up for a challenge you can always do this, it's a great way to see the state.

This is mine. So close!
posted by jessamyn at 6:22 PM on February 22, 2010


I just ate at the Cockadoodle pizza cafe on Friday. The skewed perspective is actually perfect, since I think the floors were not even remotely level.

I like that she doesn't choose obvious subjects for her paintings. Trailers, old barns and simple houses are as much a part of the total landscape as perfect white churches.
posted by saffry at 6:53 PM on February 22, 2010 [2 favorites]


I remain not much a fan of the Green Mountain State, but this is a very nice site. I especially like the view of Randolph jessamyn mentions, including the store in front of which I parked a few weeks ago to check its street number, knowing her house was very close. I am a huge fan of maps with check boxes, though, and thus find that — being stuck here too far from the Maine coast off and on over the last five years — I've wandered through 2/3 of the 251.

Most of my VT these days seems to be a huge clump of traffic, red lights, and ugly stores as I try to get beyond the Route 7 strip in South Burlington. Not very scenic at all. Anyway, fans of VT views like the ones in the Let Me Show You blog probably would enjoy the photography of my good friend Jon in Norwich. He's been at it a long time, all across New England, and in the last few years has been gaining greater acclaim, like this feature in the current issue of Yankee.
posted by LeLiLo at 11:05 PM on February 22, 2010


I just got back from picking up feed from the grain store in this painting.
posted by terrapin at 4:57 PM on February 23, 2010


and here's my virtual 251 Club
posted by terrapin at 5:01 PM on February 23, 2010


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